The Western Washington University Compass 2 Campus Mentorship Initiative is a pilot program implemented by House Bill 1986 which passed both Houses of the legislature on April 21, 2009. The program is designed to increase access to higher education by providing an opportunity for students from traditionally underrepresented, diverse, and first generation backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties to be mentored by C2C college students.
The program has the following objectives:
- Increase GPA and reduce truancy among elementary, middle, and high school students.
- Empower students to make good choices about the future.
- Increase C2C students' leadership and commitment to giving back to their community.
Our overall goal is to help more students graduate from high school and encourage them to consider some form of higher education. Each year, more than one thousand fifth grade students come to campus to have a college experience. The program continues to connect with students from 5th grade through 12th grade as mentors visit 33 school sites each quarter.
“Compass 2 Campus fosters university and community academic collaborations that promote life-long learning and a college going culture for all students, developing leaders who are empowered to create the future.”
"To increase access to higher education by providing an opportunity for students from traditionally underrepresented and low-income backgrounds in Whatcom and Skagit counties to be mentored by trained Compass 2 Campus students."